I am pleased to share that Carondelet Health has entered into an employment agreement with Kansas City Cardiology Associates (KCCA) effective January 1, 2010. This employment agreement includes 14 cardiologists, as well as the existing office staff.
The Kansas City Heart Group has been dedicated to St. Joseph Medical Center for more than 20 years and has been responsible for making "Carondelet" a household name in the practice of cardiology in Kansas City. The physicians and staff of the Kansas City Heart Group will continue to be a vital physician practice at Carondelet Heart Institute. We envision the two physician groups working collaboratively to grow and expand the Carondelet Heart Institute.
KCCA has been involved at our sister hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center and it has been such a great experience for both parties, so taking the partnership to this next level is an excellent transition. Having a second outstanding cardiology group will help us achieve our long range goals for the growth and regional presence of the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center.
KCCA will move its current Kansas City practice location to the St. Joseph Medical Center campus in early January. The exact location of that office will be announced as details are finalized. The existing practice locations in Lee's Summit and at St. Mary's Medical Center will remain.
The KCCA physicians are Lillard Ashley, Jr., MD; F. Douglas Biggs, MD; David R. Blick, MD; William Brodine, MD; Daniel H. Dunker, MD; James R. Eynon, MD; Eric S. Hockstad, MD; John McGarry Holkins, MD; Willie Edward Lawrence, MD; Mike Liston, MD; John Kenneth N. Lee, MD; Marco Mazzella, MD; James E. Sear, MD; Dan Sun, MD.
We will be working on this transition over the next two months, but I wanted to share this exciting news with you as soon as possible.
As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.